NIKKOR AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR


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  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in difficult lighting conditions
  • Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet and precise autofocus performance
  • Full-time manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems by just rotating the focus ring at any time

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Aperture Control Design Aperture controlled by camera
Color Black
Compatible Mountings Nikon F (FX)
Focus Type Ring-type ultrasonic
Image Stabilization Up to 4 stops stabilisation
Included Components
  • AF-S FX NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Slip-on Front Lens Cover
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-38 Lens Hood
  • 40.5mm screw-in NC filter
  • Slip-in filter holder
  • Heavy Duty CT-405 Lens Case
  • LN-2 Strap
  • Monopod Collar
Item Dimensions 6.3 x 6.3 x 14.09 inches
Item Weight 8.38 pounds
Lens Design Telephoto
Lens Type Prime lens
Macro Focus Range 2.60 m
Maximum Aperture ƒ/2.8
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8
Maximum Focal Length 400 mm
Maximum Format Size 35mm full frame
Minimum Aperture ƒ/22
Minimum Focal Length 400 mm
Model Year 2014
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Number of Elements 16
Number of Groups 12
Photo Filter Thread Size 41 mm
Real Angle Of View 6.16 Degrees
Shipping Weight 20.6 pounds
Style Name 2217
UNSPSC Code 45121603
Zoom Type Fixed

Product Description

Nikon F Mount Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22 VR Image Stabilization with Sport Mode Two Fluorite and Two ED Elements Silent Wave Motor and MF Override Nano Crystal Coat Fluorine-Coated Front Meniscus Element Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Barrel Specialized Electromagnetic Diaphragm Removable Monopod Collar

From the Manufacturer

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens product photo

Thrilling views of the world’s most thrilling moments.

Lighter and more rugged than its acclaimed predecessor, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR frees professionals and passionate shooters to capture the thrill of sports, action and wildlife with staggering clarity and precision, even when shooting handheld in challenging lighting conditions. A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture paired with Nikon VR technology delivers exciting new low-light capabilities and beautiful bokeh, while a specialized diaphragm maintains consistent exposure during high-speed shooting. Pro-grade dust- and moisture-sealing and a fluorine coated front meniscus glass element protect the lens’ superb NIKKOR optics on tough assignments while Nikon’s advanced lens technologies give you every advantage for catching the shots that matter.

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of a water polo player showing speed of lens

The speed and reach to succeed

Fast f/2.8 400mm prime lens

When it comes to capturing sports or wildlife where the action is fast and the conditions are rarely favorable, lens speed can mean the difference between a great shot and a miss. At f/2.8, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR gathers maximum light and renders beautiful bokeh. Nikon VR enhances that speed with up to 4 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting, including a new mode specifically for shooting Sports and Action, while a specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism achieves remarkably consistent exposures when shooting at high frame rates. You might not be able to predict the spontaneous, but you certainly can prepare for it.

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of soccer players showing reliability

Built for rough conditions

Lightweight, rugged and reliable

Thanks to lightweight fluorite lens elements and a magnesium alloy die-cast lens barrel, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is nearly 2 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR. Anyone who has spent time in the field with a large super-telephoto lens knows every pound counts. And since wildlife and action often mean harsh conditions, it features professional grade dust- and moisture-resistant sealing and a fluorine coated meniscus protective glass element at the lens front. Wherever your assignments or passion take you, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is ready.

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of a tennis player showing Nikon optics

Every advantage for landing the shot

Superb NIKKOR optics and Nikon lens technologies

The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is an advanced lens designed to draw peak potential from high-resolution Nikon D-SLRs. The lens’ ultra-fast, ultra-quiet Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides outstanding autofocus performance with seamless manual override (just spin the lens barrel). Two fluorite lens elements (FL) provide superior optical characteristics while minimizing overall weight, while two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements nearly eliminate chromatic aberration, even at f/2.8.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera. 

Supplied Accessories

  • Slip-on Front Lens Cover
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-38 Lens Hood
  • 40.5mm Screw-on NC Filter
  • CT-405 Trunk Case
  • LN-2 Lens Strap
  • Monopod Collar


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